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Florida Bats Cost the Cats, Season of “Firsts” Ends in Omaha


OMAHA,NE.- The University of Kentucky Wildcats baseball squad ended their season on Wednesday against the Florida Gators with a 15-4 walloping loss. The game was slated to be played last night but was delayed due to inclement weather in the Omaha area, that didn’t stop the Big Blue Nation from tuning in early to watch a team that has captured their collective hearts as a fanbase.

This season has been a season of milestones for Kentucky. Home Run Records, Win Records, trips to places that the Bat Cat squad have never been in the long history of school, all highlighted an incredible run.

After March, the Big Blue Nation needed something positive to cheer about. The rally behind this team that has grown with each passing game truly warms this “baseball bennie’s” heart. Kentucky has firmly established themselves as a new power in…baseball, of all sports. A feat that once seemingly was thought impossible in the murderer’s row that is a Southeastern Conference Baseball Schedule.

Nick Mingione EARNED the Coach of the Year award.

What Happened?

Well no one asked me, but….(in Omaha) Kentucky seemed to be intimidated by the stage. Ostensibly, players and coaches will tell you that is not the case. In my eyes, they did not look as “weird” on the field or off. They just did not appear to be the Kentucky team that we have grown accustomed to seeing this season. The comfortability factor was absent for the first timers. Kentucky Third Baseman, Mitchell Daly, was the only player that had made an appearance inside Charles Schwab Stadium before.

Daly arrived in the off-season as a transfer from the Texas Longhorns. His walk-off Home Run is the memory that, as a fanbase, Kentucky will remember the most about this College World Series experience.

What does Nick Mingione need to address in the off-season?

The obvious answer here is pitching. Kentucky will be able to replace productivity in position play with formidable talent due to newfound interest and NIL money that will be available to the program. A VERY solid four-man rotation will be key to take it all the way in 2025. Secure your season tickets now, I don’t see this club slowing down anytime soon and trust that this Coaching Staff will come back even stronger.

Thanks for the ride Wildcats, it sure was fun. Stay weird.

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